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Your Essential Guide to Disaster Preparedness for Pets

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Dog in blanket outside: Disaster Preparedness for PetsIf disaster strikes you need to worry about your pets in addition to yourself. Remember that if it’s dangerous for you, it’s also dangerous for your pet. So if you are evacuating your home, be sure to bring your furry, scaly or other textured pet along with you. But it’s also important to have their essentials on standby to take with you so you’re ready to run and survive. Learn how pet disaster preparedness can save your best friend’s life.

Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Below are some tips for emergency preparedness for dogs, cats, snakes and other animals. Be sure to add to this list any specifics your pet may need in case of an emergency. (We realize that depending on your pet these supplies may not be the best fit so we consider these guidelines for you to start with.)

  1. The ASPCA suggests food and water for 3-7 days (including can opener and bowls)
  2. Medications and medical records
  3. Pet first aid book
  4. Pet first aid kit
  5. Leashes
  6. Harnesses
  7. Carriers
  8. Flashlight and batteries
  9. Bags to collect waste (plastic grocery bags work fine)
  10. Photos and descriptions of each pet in case one gets separated from you
  11. Vet’s contact information
  12. Grooming items (hair brush, nail clippers, shampoo)
  13. Paper towels and disinfectant
  14. Blankets or towels
  15. Pillow cases (to transport snakes – if you have them)

Emergency Items for Cats

If you have a cat, you may also want to include these important products, especially if you plan to escape to a temporary rescue shelter:

  1. Litter (if you have a cat)
  2. Litter box (if you have a cat)
  3. Litter scoop (if you have a cat)

Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Pets

To help you remember what to pack, we put together this handy checklist, complete with photos so you can quickly and easily remember what to grab in case an emergency arrives. Print this out today and put it on your fridge so you know what to pack up if an urgent matter presents itself.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Pets Infographic

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What to Include in a Pet First Aid Kit?

Here are some tips from the American Red Cross on where to start with building your pet first aid kit.

ASPCA Mobile App to Help You Prepare

Download ASPCA iOS App

The ASPCA recently came out with a mobile app to help you prepare your pets in times of emergency. It will store your pet’s veterinary and vital statistic information so you will have it on the go, provide tips and news on emergency situations that may affect you and your family, and help you find your pet if they go missing. We think this is a must have tool for all pet owners.

Pets Are Our Family

Pets are our family members too. They count on us for safety, so it’s up to us to take care of them during disasters. The best way to keep them safe is to prepare ahead of time. That’s why disaster preparedness for pets is so important. Print off the infographic above and gather the items up into a bag so you’re prepared to look after your pet in an emergency situation.

What essential items did we forget in our pet disaster preparedness kit?

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Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She adopted Sally, a 3 year old hound mix, in 2017 and is loving life as a pet parent.

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This is super useful as we head into hurricane season in my area I’ll be sure to stock up on these items and share this infographic with my other pet owner friends too!


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